Enchanting & Relaxed Botanical Wedding

Middleton Lodge Wedding Jamie Sia Photography

WWW readers Mark and Katie really did pull out all the stops for their beautiful Spring wedding day held on the 12th May 2018. Well when I say day, I actually should have said weekend as they hired their venue Middleton Lodge in Yorkshire for the whole weekend of continued celebrations. It sounded as though their day was both utterly magical and unforgettable, partly in thanks to their brilliant photography and film by Jamie Sia Photography, which ensure that all of those precious moments are captured forever. Thanks goes to Jamie for sharing these stunning captures with us today.

The couple had a beautiful botanical theme to their décor and the marquee really will take your breath away when you see it. Think suspended greenery, with brass lanterns and candle sticks galore. Their geometric cake also had a copper tone to the detail which was ever so chic. The bouquets all featured pretty peach roses which complimented the pretty pale pink bridesmaids dresses perfectly. I really love Mark’s dapper attire, with a navy suit and contrasting waistcoat combo to be sure he stood out against his groomsmen. Then there was the dress, Katie donned a show stopping Enzoani gown in lace with a beautiful train and goodness me did she look beautiful.

There is just so much I love about their day, the cocktails, the live music and the cellar bar after party all sound just fabulous folks!

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The Proposal

Mark was taking part in a 10 mile run the day before we flew to Italy where I was secretly hoping he would finally pop the question…instead, to catch me by total surprise, he ran with a ring in his pocket and was planning on proposing at the finish line. He made a last minute decision to wait until we were walking through the Museum Gardens in York (where my brother and his wife got married that summer) before getting down on one knee – safe to say I was completely shocked and can’t remember saying yes just ‘are you serious?’ and ‘oh my gosh’. We enjoyed a glass of champagne sat outside Star Inn The City to celebrate. Little did I know that he’d arranged for our parents and brothers together with their wives to have surprise drinks that evening, knowing I would love to see my family before flying to Italy to celebrate the big news!

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The Vision

We always knew we wanted to get married in a church due to Mark’s Grandpa being a retired vicar and for the wedding to be a mix of traditional but with a relaxed vibe. We kept some traditions but also ditched a few, to get the right balance for what we wanted on the day.

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The Planning Process

When we got engaged I promised Mark I would enjoy our time in Italy and we would deal with wedding planning when we got home…safe to say that was impossible and I was googling everything before we’d even taken off the next morning. However, the real planning started when we got home when we viewed various venues which was really fun, each offered something very different and I was starting to panic we’d never make a decision until we viewed the last one, which was a little further than we planned but we both, together with our parents, fell in love. Maybe it was the late night cellar bar but either way we knew it was the venue for us. Once we secured the church and the venue the detailed planning began, it was so exciting making all the decisions and seeing our fairytale wedding become a reality.

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The Venue

We hired Middleton Lodge for the weekend, a beautiful 18th Century Georgian country mansion set in stunning gardens and grounds. We had exclusive use of the main house together with 16 bedrooms which meant all our closest friends and immediate family stayed with us to enjoy our first breakfast as Mr and Mrs the following day. The venue allowed us to create a ‘journey’ for our guests, starting in the main house and gardens for our drinks and canapés, moving to the marquee for our wedding breakfast and evening do then finishing in the amazing cellar bar for the ‘after party’ – a hidden gem which our guests loved !

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Your Outfits & Accessories

I chose my dress at Harrogate Wedding Lounge, the staff are amazing and really help you find your dream dress. The dress I wore was by Enzoani, it was the last one and I just knew instantly, when they opened the curtain to show my Mum I could see she also agreed. When people say you’ll get the feeling when it’s ‘the one’ it’s so true. I also chose my veil, a very simple long veil with a waterfall edge, earrings and hair vine from the bridal shop and I got my shoes in York on a shopping trip with Mum.

Mark bought his suit from Moss Bros in Harrogate, he went to a couple of shops and found the perfect shade of blue and the fit was exactly what he wanted. He also got his waistcoat and tie from there but bought his shoes from Dune.

We both got our wedding rings from Fraser Hart in York where Mark got my engagement ring from.

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The Readings & Music

We had two readings read by my maid of honour and my cousin. One was Corinthians 13:4-7 and the other was called On Your Wedding Day.

We had a live acoustic singer / guitarist called Hannah Trigwell in the church who played Kiss Me by Six Pence None The Richer as I walked down the aisle and Better Together by Jack Johnson as we left the church. We had so many compliments and she really set the atmosphere.

For the evening we had Marc & Abi Band who we booked through Jonny Ross Music. We had seen them various times over the last few years and always said when we got married we’d have them. They completely made the evening and everybody still talks about them now.

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Beauty

I was recommended Ella Warner to do our make up and after meeting her and then having a trial I knew she’d make us all feel beautiful on the day, she was such a calming person to be around too which makes a big different to settle those nerves.

We had our hair done by Lisa Cameron, I had a couple of trials to perfect the look I was wanting to achieve and again, she was such a lovely person to have there on the morning, nothing was too much trouble.

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The Cake

We used Flamingo Bakery to do our cake and so pleased we did – we wanted a cake which tied in with the table décor so they decorated it with geometric designs and foliage to keep in with the theme.

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The Details & Décor

Instead of welcoming our guests with bubbles we chose two seasonal cocktails which looked brilliant – Bramble and Mojitos – a slightly different twist on the traditional choice. We also chose to do the Father of the Bride and Grooms speech before the meal, saving the Best Mans until after, it’s a great way to enjoy your meal if you’re feeling the nerves and also spread out the events for our guests.

We had a botanical themed wedding with lots of green foliage, brass lanterns, hanging tea light globes and much more. We had the most amazing hanging floral chandeliers and a hanging floral bower suspended over the top table. When it got dark outside the hanging tea lights and all the candles really made the most beautiful atmosphere.

We had a bit of a photo theme in the marquee – our tables were numbered and on our table plan we found funny photos of ourselves at that age and included these in the design, we also decided to kill two birds with one stone and instead of place names and favours we tied the two together by going through all our old photo albums and finding the best photos of us with that guest and getting it printed on a polaroid film – the older and funnier the better. The guests loved it and it was a real talking point when they first sat down.

We did a DIY photo booth and guest book using polaroid cameras and I bought some gorgeous rose gold props from Not On The High Street. I still love reading through the guest book and seeing all the hilarious snaps taken after numerous drinks were consumed.

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Bridesmaids

After spending a day trying to find bridesmaid dresses in the wrong season and quickly realising everything in the shops was very much autumnal, we ordered dresses from ASOS which were absolutely perfect, the right shade and all three bridesmaids loved them.

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Groomsmen

We bought the groomsmen suits and ties from Moss Bros so that they all matched, we just chose a different waistcoat so that Mark stood out from them a little.

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Your Photographer

We first knew about Jamie Sia when he photographed our friend’s wedding a few years before. I followed him on Instagram and Facebook and loved every wedding he did. We are both quite camera shy and his style really suited that, very subtle and put us and our guests at ease. He was absolutely amazing to be around on such an emotional day and took away all the pressure. All our guests were so complimentary and we were all desperate for him to stay for the after party!

He had a second photographer with him, Lily North Photography, who was just as amazing and had the same fun attitude and relaxed approach.

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Your Filmmaker

Our Filmmaker was Jamie Sia Media and they were fab, exactly the same as our photographers in that they made us feel so relaxed and you forgot they were there. Both videos are so incredibly special to us as it brings the whole day to life – it goes by in such a blur it’s amazing to be able to watch the church service and speeches again as we’d both forgotten what was said!

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The Honeymoon

We flew off on the Monday morning to South Africa where we stayed in the wine region for 5 nights, enjoying lots of wine tasting, incredible dining experiences and of course ventured into Cape Town to do the ‘touristy’ stuff. We then went to Shamwari Game Reserve to go on Safari which was incredible and an experience both of us will never forget. By now we were ready for some relaxation so headed to Mauritius where we stayed at the Shangri-La’s Le Touessrok and enjoyed a week of sun, sea and relaxing before heading home to reality, although nothing will prepare you for the wedding and honeymoon blues!

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The Flowers

We hired the most amazing florist who did everything from our bouquets to the table design. It was one of the most enjoyable parts of planning dealing with Jane from Wedding and Events Floral Design, she brought our vision to life and we, together with everyone else, were completely blown away. Our bouquets were green and ivory and to make mine slightly different we incorporated some peachy tones to complement the bridesmaid dresses. The flowers in the church were green and ivory and we had them hanging on the pew ends and a large arrangement at the front on a pedestal.

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Memorable Moments

The whole weekend was memorable from start to finish – it is so hard to think of specific moments. Of course seeing my Dad for the first time and how overwhelmed he was really meant a lot, seeing each other for the first time in the church was the best feeling ever and then spending the day celebrating with all of your closest friends and family all in one place just meant the world to us.

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Advice For Other Couples

When people say enjoy every minute because it goes so fast, they are right. We made sure we made time for each other throughout the whole day – we didn’t want to wake up in the morning and ask each other how each others day was, we wanted to share every moment together. Also, don’t get caught up in all the small things leading up to the day, it’s easy to worry and get stressed by things that in the grand scheme of it, really don’t matter!

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Credit Where Credit Is Due

Oh so dreamy!

Mark and Katie I cannot thank you both enough for sharing your enchanting celebrations with us xo Lou

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